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Chinese woman in critical condition after forced abortion at 18 weeks: report

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BIJIE CITY, Guizhou, China, July 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A woman in China’s Guizhou province is reportedly in critical condition this week after local authorities beat her and forcibly aborted her baby, according to the human rights group ChinaAid. The woman was 18 weeks pregnant. 

The human rights organization ChinaAid reports that on July 9, local Family Planning officials dragged Li Fengfei to their office and beat her, knocking out one of her front teeth. Five officials forced her fingerprint onto the abortion consent form, then injected her with rivanol, a medication used to induce labor, and other medications including mifepristone and oxytocin. She began to have a high fever soon after the injection. 

Seventy-two hours later, Ms. Li still had not given birth to her dead baby. To speed up the delivery, Family Planning officials gave her another injection on July 13. Another 56 hours later, the dead baby remained in Ms. Li’s womb. 

A doctor who saw the report said Ms. Li was given a fatal dose of the abortion-causing drugs.

This week, Ms. Li is near death and her dead baby remains in her womb. 

Despite public outcry against Feng Jianmei’s forced abortion in June 2012, forced abortion is still practiced throughout China. Photos of Feng Jianmei lying next to the body of her baby, who was killed at seven months gestation, rocketed around the globe. 

According to the group All Girls Allowed, 18 of China’s 31 provincial-level districts endorse forced abortion. Ms. Li’s province, Guizhou, requires unspecified “remedial measures” to deal with illegal pregnancies. 

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“ChinaAid strongly denounces this atrocity, and will continue to monitor the situation,” said the group in a press release. “We call on the Chinese government to punish the officials involved in this incident because their actions clearly violated the right to life under both Chinese and international law.” 

All Girls Allowed asked supporters to join them in praying for Ms. Li. “May God rescue this innocent woman and all others who suffer under the senseless cruelty of the one-child policy,” they said.

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